Income inequality is on the rise in California. In some Bay Area counties, the disparities are extreme.  An analysis of census data found a growing gap between rich and poor.

"In the Bay Area, where the cost of housing has become a topic of national conversation, those...

Nearly one in four Americans has no emergency savings at all. Given this dire reality, more and more households are turning toward a risky short-term option to make ends meet: the payday loan.

Almost uniformly derided by personal finance experts, a payday loan usually c...

August 7, 2019

San Francisco (August 7, 2019) – Rise Together, a multi-sector movement started by United Way Bay Area (UWBA) to address the complexities of ending poverty, became an initiative of Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), a coalition of eleven public he...

The Trump Administration has once again showed that it is out of touch with the conditions affecting household’s living in poverty. In a proposed rule, the administration plans to end state’s ability to use “broad based categorical eligibility” and cut 3 million people...

July 10, 2019

From Elizabeth Warren to Cory Booker, many high-profile lawmakers now identify reducing the racial wealth gap as a policy priority, bringing more attention to growing disparities between white and non-white households than ever before. While we track the ambitious prop...

On June 28th, 2019 Governor Gavin Newsom signed his first budget bill. The budget addresses spending in the areas of early childcare, education, safety net programs, housing and homelessness. The budget provides relief for many Californians and moves forward with many...

July 1, 2019

The earned income tax credit (EITC) is an essential part of public policy designed to incentivize work and combat poverty. On both the federal and state levels, low-income households receive the EITC as a tax refund, allowing them to keep up with rent, housing, and chi...

Over 275 change makers and 60 dynamic speakers gathered at Opportunity Summit on May 10, 2019 at San Jose State University. The Opportunity Summit has become the Bay Area's largest and most powerful cross-sector convening on ending poverty through through cross-sector...

Despite our constitutional protections against “cruel and unusual punishment,” nearly 1 in 3 Californians with a criminal record face unjust barriers to employment and economic security long after they’ve served their time. As a result of systemic challenges like harsh...

We have to make sure our California leaders know that for 2 million kids, ending child poverty can’t wait.

We’re at a key juncture as Governor Gavin Newsom revises his proposed California budget and legislators fight for their bills. SIGN ON to tell our elected leaders...

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